Everton manager David Moyes was instantly rewarded for fielding two strikers in Jermaine Beckford and Louis Saha, when the latter put Everton ahead with a nice 20 yard drive after only 3 minutes. Everton were rallying, but Tottenham soon fought back when Rafael van der Vaart’s looping shot narrowly missed Tim Howard’s goal. However, Tottenham soon equalised through van der Vaart. Alan Hutton’s centering cross was knocked down by Peter Crouch into the path of van der Vaart, who headed Tottenham back into the game after 11 minutes.
Later in the second half, van der Vaart was this time denied by Howard when his close-range shot was parried away. This, after great work from Modric to create the chance and slide the ball across the area for Van der Vaart to shoot.
Seamus Coleman later won the game for Everton in the 75th minute after heading Saha’s rebound past Heurelho Gomes and into the Tottenham net.
Robbie Keane was brought into the fray in the 80th minute, but to little effect. It is expected that the Republic of Ireland striker will join Birmingham City in a £7m transfer very shortly. It wasn't to be Keane's night, as a farewell Tottenham goal eluded him. Instead, the night belonged to Everton.